Reiki III: An Introductionby: The Lady Hades
The third and final level of Reiki is commonly referred to as “Reiki III”. In Reiki III, the practitioner learns the final Usui symbol, the Master symbol. This also makes the practitioner a Reiki Master, giving him or her the ability to teach other practitioners, and to give them face-to-face or distant attunements to all three levels.
The fourth Usui sacred symbol is called “Dai Ko Mio”. It is a symbol of enlightenment, demonstrating that the practitioner using it has done much study and practice in order to become a Master. It is also a symbol of hope, insofar as it can be loosely translated to mean “Great Light Shine on Me”, where practitioners use the symbol to intend that a greater power of Reiki flow into and through them.
Dai Ko Mio also symbolises that the Master has become one with Reiki, the Universal Life Energy.
Because the Dai Ko Mio is more philosophical than practical in nature, you don't often call upon it in sessions. It is more like a medal or badge of triumph that you have become a Master. It also comes with great responsibility. As a Master, people look to you for advice and education.
This is where the teaching comes in! Some Masters go through their lives never teaching a single student. Mrs. Takata didn't begin teaching students until a decade before her death! But most Masters want to share the tremendous love and light of Reiki with others, and do this both through performing sessions on others, and teaching others to use Reiki, too.
Some Masters charge for their instruction. Some do it for free. It's entirely up to your tradition and your prerogative. Some Masters give minimal instruction. Some forge very deep and long-lasting relationships with their students. Again, it's all up to each individual master, and his/her preferences.
Most masters will not give attunements without first giving personal instruction, or at least making sure the person they are attuning understands the respective level's abilities and responsibilities. If I may interject some personal opinion, I believe that to do any less is irresponsible of the master.
When a master has ascertained that the student is well-versed enough to be attuned and to begin practicing at each level, the master can then perform an attunement. This can be face-to-face or via distance. Every master has his or her own method of attuning people; there is no one set traditional method. Though most attunements will involve focusing on the major chakras in an effort to “introduce” each student to the Reiki energy.
Following the attunement some masters require that the student immediately do a self-healing to reinforce the energy. Especially if the student is just level I, and has never practiced Reiki before. You cannot begin practicing too soon, once you are attuned. The more you practice healing yourself the more comfortable you will become with healing others!
Some masters provide their students with certification. Others argue that certificates are useless. Personally, I think certificates are important since the practitioners can start their own Reiki business. It's nice for them to have their credentials available for their clients.
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